Increased Pathways to Success: 2023 End-of-Year Energy and Sustainability Blog Post

December 18, 2023

As we near the end of 2023, we reflect on the ongoing commitment of SAHF and its members to the health and sustainability of our communities, especially as they are supported by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This year was monumental for deepening this commitment due to the reception of numerous awards, grants, recognitions, and additional commitments made by SAHF members towards energy and sustainability efforts. The accomplishments of this year have positioned SAHF members to be a beacon to the affordable housing sector and set up SAHF and SAHF members to exceed the opportunities presented by the IRA.

SAHF celebrates the achievements of our members and understands that to be leaders in multifamily housing sustainability and efficiency, owners and operators require supportive resources and opportunities to further their mission. 

Pathways to Success

Currently, four SAHF members have committed to the DOE Better Climate Challenge (BCC), including two new members in 2023, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and National Housing Trust (NHT). Several SAHF members, including POAH, Homes for America (HFA), and National Church Residences (N^^), received first-round funding from cohorts of HUDs Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) program and will be leading a variety of decarbonization projects from HVAC electrification to rooftop solar installations to green building certification. 

Members also received funding in awards, grants, and prizes. In October, CHP was awarded a $400,000 prize to bolster the energy efficiency and housing affordability of a community in rural Virginia. The award will help complete a property renovation that includes a new roof, replacement of all HVAC units, and lighting and water heaters. In November, $27 Million was awarded to The Community Builders (TCB) to support their efforts in decarbonizing two of their Massachusetts projects. Both TCB properties have plans for reducing energy consumption and cost and goals for passive house certification (PHIUS).

This year's accomplishments demonstrate SAHF members' dedication to ensuring accessible, healthy housing for their residents. Beyond the achievements made this year, we hope these actions will continue to affirm our dedication to providing high-quality living environments in the properties that residents call “home.” SAHF’s devotion to aiding the affordable housing sector is exemplified in our work, particularly our information peer exchanges, support for resident engagement, and push for equitable program design, to name a few. Every resident should trust that our members have their best interests in mind. 

Meaning for IRA

The IRA provides the most considerable sum of money put towards the clean energy movement in US history. The achievements made by SAHF members this year have allowed developers to prioritize efforts in decarbonization, electrification, and climate resiliency - all components of the IRA. There’s a lot of work left to do with the IRA, particularly for those in the affordable housing sector and we’re looking forward to supporting SAHF members and the broader affordable housing sector in accessing these forthcoming benefits in 2024 and beyond. 

Learn more about SAHF’s Environmental Sustainability work here.